Published: Wed, December 06, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Panel report claims Max Hospital guilty

Panel report claims Max Hospital guilty

The panel formed by the Delhi government to probe the Max Hospital incident, in which a newborn was erroneously declared dead, has found the hospital guilty. The body was handed over to the family without any written instructions and, more crucially, the dead and alive children were not kept separately. A short time after his birth, the baby was declared dead.

The hospital noted that while the termination of employment for two of the hospital's doctors reflects a "commitment to higher standards of care", it is not a statement which finds the doctors at fault.

Police said they are investigating the case and the hospital's treatment of babies.

The police had also asked the private hospital for a detailed information, about the duty of doctors and nurses during the incident, and also asked the hospital to be available for questioning. A case was registered under Section 308 (attempt to commit culpable homicide) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

The inquiry found out that the hospital authorities didn't do an ECG, to find if the babies were dead.

He said the enquiry report will come by Monday.

Jain said a show-cause notice was served to the hospital on 22 November for not treating poor patients.

Max Hospital has refused to comment on the controversy, and has sent home on leave. She was admitted there on 28 November. But just before their last rites, the family found that the boy was alive, police said. The infants were handed over to them in a polythene bag, they said. The other baby was stillborn. "We are in constant touch with the parents and are providing all the needed support".

Earlier, NDTV reported that no ECG was done on the infant to check whether he is alive or not.

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